FAMU Trustee Meeting Ends With Surprises

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The year is ending with several surprises at Florida A&M University.

FAMU trustees held their final board meeting of the year Thursday. First order of business: was FAMU Law School Dean Percy Luney fired or forced to resign? This question came from outgoing trustee Barney Bishop via telephone.

Later, another board member motioned to have Bishop excused from the meeting.

FAMU's finances are said to be solid. FAMU has a new chief financial officer in Gerald Dunn and has done away with only annual finance reports.

"Now we are getting quarterly reports and are looking real good, so what Dr. Bryant has done is stabilize our financial house and put in the right personnel to insure we always come out in the black and not the red," says trustee R.B. Holmes.

Other big issues are making student access to financial aid more convenient, and the search for a permanent president.

Student body president and FAMU trustee Ramon Alexander says, "There are no names in the hat. We're not to that point yet. We have to come up with the process and procedures and know where we want to go."

The board moved to give Bryant a $35,000 bonus for her past performance. In addition, an extension to her contract up to two years.

During the meeting, Bryant gave signs she doesn't mind hanging around.

"It's our goal and our expectation of ourselves to get better at each board meeting," says Bryant, whose contract is just a draft right now.

It states the board is to give her 60 days notice when a permanent president is selected. Her current contract expires December 31.